The Most Delicious Gingerbread Latte Cake

Gingerbread Latte Cake – Gingerbread cake layers with a latte frosting, salted caramel and toffee bits.

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Santa Monica Days

There’s a restaurant in Santa Monica I used to frequent with my mom on our “girls’ days” called Cafe Montana. The food was always delicious, but the one thing I looked forward to more than anything was the molasses cookie. It was heavenly. The flavor of the ginger and the molasses was perfectly balanced. The cookie itself was rolled in coarse sugar and had a chewy center texture with an ever-so-slightly crispy edge. It was perfect. The best molasses cookie I’ve ever tasted (and I’ve had my fair share).

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Gingerbread Cake


I love using flavors from other desserts as inspiration for cakes, so it was a no-brainer for me to come up with a cake to mimic one of my favorite cookies. These cake layers have the most incredible gingersnap flavor thanks to a full cup of molasses and a cup of brown sugar. 

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Latte Flavored Buttercream Frosting

I don’t know what it is, but the first flavor I think to pair with gingerbread is coffee. I don’t actually drink coffee, but I love the flavor in baked goods and the smell of the coffee beans at the grocery store is one of life’s simple pleasures. If you don’t love the flavor of coffee, there are so many other flavor options to pair with gingerbread: lemon, white chocolate, caramel, chocolate – to name a few.

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If you do go with a coffee flavored frosting, you can use regular coffee granules, decaf granules, Pero, or even coffee extract.

Garnish

Between layers and on top of the cake, you’ll be adding Hershey’s Toffee Bits and homemade salted caramel. For the caramel, check out THIS post for all my step-by-step pictures and tips for making caramel at home. 

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

To get a light and fluffy homemade buttercream frosting for this cake, I have a detailed post: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM to give you in depth instruction for making your buttercream unreal! Here’s a quick overview.

  • Sift your powdered sugar
  • Use slightly cold butter and mix on its own for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Use heavy whipping cream
  • Beat for 5 minutes
  • Stir by hand

Video Tutorial

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

 

Gingerbread Latte Cake

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Gingerbread cake layers with a latte frosting, salted caramel and toffee bits.
 

Ingredients
 

FOR THE CAKE

  • 3 1/4 cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (5.3 g) ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons (5.3 g) cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (9 g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking soda
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup (220 g) brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 g) buttermilk room temperature

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter slightly cold
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) instant coffee granules* or other coffee substitute
  • 1 tablespoon (14.75 g) water
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla
  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar measured then sifted
  • 3 tablespoons (43.3 g) heavy whipping cream
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • *This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping you’ll want to make an extra ½ batch.

FOR THE CARAMEL

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (59 g) water
  • 2 teaspoons (37.5 g) light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (115.5 g) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

GARNISH

  • Hershey’s Toffee Bits

Instructions
 

FOR THE CAKE

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch or four 6-inch pans with nonstick spray, line the bottoms with parchment and spray again. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add in the brown sugar and cream together on medium speed for another minute.
  • On medium-low, gradually add in the eggs and molasses until incorporated.
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Once mixed, evenly divide all of the batter into the prepared pans (about 16 ounces in each 8-inch pan or 12 ounces in each 6-inch pan).
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, checking around 25 minutes. When you insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, a few moist crumbs should come out on it. Remember, the cake continues to bake for 5 minutes as it cools in the pans. 
  • Cool on a wire rack before de-panning.

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • Dissolve the instant coffee granules in the water. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter on medium-high for 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer to medium and gradually add in the coffee (or coffee flavoring) and the vanilla and beat for another two minutes.
  • On low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and salt. Once the everything is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and beat for another 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Remember to mix the frosting by hand with a wooden spoon or large spatula to push out the air to create a silky-smooth frosting.
  • *I use the decaf instant coffee in individual packets.  You can also use imitation coffee flavoring, and omit the water.

FOR THE CARAMEL

  • Mix sugar, water and corn syrup in a small saucepan.
  • Bring the water and sugar mixture to boil over medium heat, but DO NOT STIR. (Stirring encourages crystallization). Let the mixture cook until it caramelizes into a golden brown color. It happens quickly, so keep an eye on it.
  • Remove the caramelized sugar syrup from the heat and slowly mix in the cream. Pour in just a tiny bit at a time, especially at the beginning, and mix to combine. You can start adding more and more as you go along.
  • Mix in salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Let cool completely before pouring on top of the cake.

ASSEMBLY

  • After leveling each cake layer with a cake leveler or serrated knife, place the first cake layer (top side up) on a cake board. Spread about ¾ cup of the frosting evenly over the cake layer, followed by a drizzle of the salted caramel and handful of the toffee bits. Repeat this step for the second cake layer, and then place the final cake layer (top side down) on top of the filling. 
  • Apply a thin coat of frosting around the entire cake to lock in the crumbs. This coat of frosting does not need to look pretty, it’s simply to lock in the crumbs so they don’t get into the final coat of frosting. Freeze the cake for 10 minutes. 
  • After the crumb coat is set, continue to frost and decorate the cake with the remaining frosting, caramel and toffee bits.
Cuisine Cake
Course Dessert
Keyword Coffee, Coffee Buttercream, Gingerbread Cake, Gingersnap, Latte Buttercream

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. Hi Courtney!

    Thanks so much for the recipe. Thinking of making it for the holidays. Just a quick question – is the cake more dense or light and fluffy? Looks quite dense from the pictures so thought I’d ask! I usually go for lighter and fluffier cakes but this looks lovely too.

    1. It’s kind of in between – with the molasses in the cake, it makes it a little heavier, chewier, but it’s not like a pound cake texture either.

    2. Hi Courtney,

      I was wondering if i can make Cupcakes out of this same cake batter or do i have to make any changes?
      Also, how many cupcakes do you think it will yield?

      1. So utterly disappointed in this comment. I was surprised that blackstrap molasses could be substituted for reg molasses since other recipes always state that it’s a no-go. But I thought, hey Courtney made the recipe, she must know what she is talking about. The cake is so bitter it is truly inedible. I would be embarrassed to serve it to guests. Now I have nothing for the Christmas party which I am hosting and I wasted time and money making this inedible cake.

  2. 5 stars
    This cake was utterly delicious, thank you for the recipe! My husband even loved it and he is not a cake lover.

    One thing I found though was that there was too much heavy whipping cream in the caramel, it was super runny.
    I tried again using the salted caramel recipe listed in your Apple Almond Caramel Cake instead (it calls for a 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2 cup which is what is listed here) and that worked perfectly.
    Thank you again for the recipe and all the beautiful cakes!

  3. 3 stars
    I found the cake recipe to be overwhelmingly molasses flavored, and not enough gingerbread spices. The texture was lovely however, moist and tender. The coffee buttercream was a good pairing with the gingerbread cake, though the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp of instant coffee which is way less than the 24g indicated. Finally, the caramel recipe is inconsistent with other caramel recipes on this site. Like another commenter, I used 1/4 cup of heavy cream and the caramel sauce came out in a nice consisitency to drizzle on the cake. I think this recipe could be 5 stars with some revisions.